Empowering Writers

The Reading Writing Connection

Making the most of the Reading-Writing Connection

All too often we hear teachers say,  “There’s just not enough time left to spend on writing.”  This seems to illustrate that teachers are not always recognizing the inherent connections between reading and writing.  By establishing the reading/writing connection, using every reading experience as an opportunity to teach and reinforce core-writing concepts, writing is no longer isolated as a separate subject but rather part of all text experiences. This thinking creates endless opportunities for teaching the foundational skills in writing that exist within every reading experience, and takes advantage of writing instruction as a vehicle for teaching text structures, organization, genre, and purpose – all of which contribute to developing the close strategic reading skills expected in the 21st century classroom.